Yoga & Reflexology
Meet Pearl Moon's Founder
Melissa Middlebrook brings to her teaching over forty years of experience and training in the movement and healing arts. Melissa took her first yoga class in 1987 and has been devoted ever since. She studied intensively for many years while continuing a career as a modern dancer.
Following several years of training and practice in the Iyengar Style, Melissa began in-depth yoga study under Marie Svoboda, Seattle's "grandmother of yoga.” For nearly 20 years her main teachers were Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, world-renowned innovators of their unique approach, sometimes referred to as "yoga from the inside out."
She continues to study and explore both yoga and other techniques including the therapeutic aspects of yoga with Doug Keller. http://www.doyoga.com/index.html
Other inspirations that Melissa weaves into the tapestry of her teaching include:
~ Mindfulness meditation with Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield
~ Frontier Biology w/ Peter Lund Frandsen
~ The Franklin Method
~ Brain Dance
~ Shamanic Practices
Melissa graduated from the Seattle Reflexology and Massage Center in summer of 2018. Through SRMC she was able to study with many inspiring leaders in reflexology from around the world and is excited to bring this work to her students and clients. Once in-person classes resume, she will continue her training with holistic podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan to receive his Natural Foot Health Certification.
Melissa holds a Yoga Teacher Certification from Viktor Van Kooten and Angela Farmer and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She is also a WA State Certified Reflexologist (B01753) and Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist (60821214). Additionally she is trained as a level 3 Reiki practitioner.
Melissa lives and teaches in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood where she and her husband raised their daughter who is now at WWU in Bellingham. She is the administrative manager for her husband's remodeling business and when not teaching or practicing reflexology, Melissa enjoys being in nature, hiking, swimming, cooking, reading and, pre-quarantine, traveling.
Pearl Moon Yoga classes are a mindfulness based blend of breath work, postures, anatomy explorations and relaxation designed to rejuvenate our bodies, minds and spirits. Open to students with all ability levels, sessions provide opportunity for each person to work strongly or gently, according to their individual health and fitness needs.
I'm currently offering three weekly online group classes via Zoom
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Please contact me for more information on joining any of these virtual drop-in classes
Sliding scale $15-$20 per class payable by Venmo, Paypal, cash or check
No one turned away for lack of funds
Individual lessons are well suited for clients recovering from injuries, illness, and those with physical challenges requiring special attention.
Others benefit from the personalized attention and customized scheduling that private sessions provide.
Beginning yoga students find a session or two can help them feel more comfortable in group classes.
Experienced yoga practitioners can enhance their practice with one-on-one assistance which can be applied to any yoga style.
Zoom private yoga is surprisingly effective! Please contact me to discuss options.
Instructor Melissa Middlebrook offers lessons to match your individual schedule. One-on-one and private small group sessions are $95/hour with some sliding scale times available. New students receive a free initial phone consultation and first session for $60.
Occasional private sessions can also enhance regular group classes and/or provide focused attention on a specific challenge.
Please contact Melissa to discuss your needs and to schedule your individualized session(s). Like to share a package of sessions with a friend or small group? Contact Pearl Moon to discuss details.
Melissa is a gifted teacher. She is patient, listens to my needs, pays attention to how my body is (or is not) moving, and then comes up with the perfect work-out for me for that session.
She is so much more than a yoga instructor. It’s unfortunate insurance and the medical industry don't recognize what she does as “treatment”. She is truly a healer. She knows so much about how the body works and about the mind-body connection. With that knowledge she helps me understand how to listen to my body during a session and when I am not in session with her.
In addition, she knows how to organize a session so that when it comes to the end, I can relax deeply into my body and feel the differences the session made deep in my muscles. It’s a blissful feeling. ~Anne B.
Pearl Moon, LLC